Categories: "Technology" or "Copyright" or "Games" or "iPhone" or "Macintosh" or "PalmT3" or "YouTube"

Four Minutes

07/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
According to current studies, the average time for an unhardened Windows PC on the net to be infiltrated is four minutes. It's not actually enough time to download a patch. The linked-to test didn't actually use a Windows box but one that emulated… more »

Alternate fuel sources

07/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly
This is a new one on me. Apparently Charles Windsor of the Windsor Windsors has converted his Aston Martin DB6 to run off white wine. Technically, it's actually ethanol-powered but since the source is in fact surplus white wine I prefer the other… more »

Typical, really

07/19/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Link is to a CBC story about Bell and Telus starting to charge for incoming text messages. Yup, that would include spam and all other uninvited messages that the recipient has no control over. One would have thought that the correct default was to… more »

Supporting and bug hunting new code

07/18/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Excellent anecdote on handling new releases from Wil Shipley, the author of Delicious Library. (Via Daring Fireball) more »

Another triumph of marketing over common sense

07/16/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Power assisted luggage. For a mere $1365. No, I don't know who would buy one of these either. more »

Engineering wackiness

07/15/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Example of why Adam isn't a structural engineer: I would never have thought that sticking a 730 tonne pendulum was a great way of preventing a tall building from collapsing in an earthquake. more »

Clever marketing

07/14/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
This 32" digital picture frame is indeed a masterpiece of marketing over sense. Take a low end HDTV, remove the useful guts, add a wooden frame, and then sell it (at a price higher than a functional HDTV) as a really, really big brother to the 7" thing… more »

Microsoft postpones their DRM server shutdown

07/13/08 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Tidbits has a sensible comment on Microsoft's decision to postpone the shutdown of their DRM servers: Microsoft had to view the downside to its move to save most likely a few hundred thousand dollars a year against millions in defending itself and tens… more »

The cost of subscriptions

07/12/08 | by Adam | Categories: iPhone
Amusing comic from The Joy Of Tech of how those "small" charges add up. And it's about the iPhone so bonus points there for Rogers. more »

The death of gallium, indium, zinc...

07/10/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Interesting article from Robert Silverberg on the earth running out of certain elements in their natural form. Sauf recycling, the LCD panel and many other items requiring the use of those items may start to get rare and expensive soon... (Via Nodwick) more »

Work-for-hire photos

07/08/08 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
In his ongoing commentary about the effect of the Conservative Party's new copyright bill, Michael Geist raises the issue of copyright on work-for-hire photography: For decades, Canadian copyright law has vested copyright in commissioned photographs –… more »

Automated search & replace follies

07/07/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Just for the record, there are no words that are automatically subsbreastuted on this site. (Via The Carpetbagger Report) more »

"The Barack Obama of automobiles"

07/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
The header is an interesting quote from the Atlantic's article on the Chevrolet Volt, GM's answer to the hybrid. What's interesting about it -- and what I didn't realise -- is that Chevy is attempting to invert the usual hybrid electrical/gas… more »

The Hubble Telescope's "Pillars of Creation"

07/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
The Harvard Magazine has a good write-up on the Hubble Telescope and includes a couple of photos. One of the photos is a stunning picture of "The Pillars of Creation" in the Eagle Nebula. The explanatory text says: This is a ghost image of a past cosmic… more »

Jim Prentice's Stampede breakfast

07/03/08 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
...may not be quite as cordial as he'd like, but the Children's Cottage Society should probably do well out of it. (Via Michael Geist) more »

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